Cinnamon Leaf Oil
Cinnamon Bark Oil
Cinnamon leaf oil…………………..
Cinnamon trees are tropical evergreens that grow in parts of Asia, reaching heights of up to 50 feet. Strong branches, thick bark, and tough, shiny leaves that have a spicy smell characterize cinnamon trees. Cinnamon bark has a papery quality with quills that roll inside each other.
Uses for Cinnamon Oil
Cinnamon oil is derived from the tree and used in a variety of ways.
In Egypt, cinnamon oil was used for massage and as a remedy for excess bile. Mulled wines were made from cinnamon oils, and they were also used as sedatives during childbirth.
In addition, the Egyptians used cinnamon-leaf -oil and cinnamon-bark-oil as aphrodisiacs. Cinnamon has also been used in trade between India, China and Egypt. Cinnamon leaf and cinnamon bark oils are steamed from the leaves and bark of the tree. The leaves have slightly higher oil content (1.6% to 1.8%) than the bark (which yields 0.5% to 1% oil).
Cinnamon-leaf-oil is also more delicate than cinnamon-bark-oil, which may account for the fact that cinnamon-leaf-oil is often used in aromatherapy, while cinnamon bark oil is not.
Cinnamon-leaf-oil has a medium to watery thickness and a yellowish color, while cinnamon bark oil is reddish brown. Cinnamon oil has a variety of therapeutic uses, including as a general stimulant and as a treatment for colds, flu, digestive problems and kidney ailments.
It is also used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and problems related to menstruation. In addition, cinnamon oil has an antiseptic property that makes it useful topically or in a bath to treat bronchitis and other infections.
They can also be used in vapors to treat respiratory problems. Cinnamon oil has a calming effect on fatigue associated with depression as well as properties that can stimulate glands and tone the entire body.
The compounds that give cinnamon oils its effects are Eugenol, Cinnamaldehyde, Beta Caryophyllene, Linolol and Methyl chavicol.
Cinnamon Oil Side Effects
Though cinnamon leaf oil is not toxic, it may cause skin irritation as well as irritation to mucus membranes, so it should be used carefully.
High doses of cinnamon leaf oil and cinnamon bark oil can cause convulsions, and they should not be used during pregnancy.
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